Over the past several years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without much effort on our end. With all these possibilities, it only makes sense for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re searching for a way to decrease your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.
Smart thermostats work much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, divide it between weekday and weekend programming or make everyday the same. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling bill by utilizing a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats give you even more control when it comes to your HVAC system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can alter your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising happens—whether you’re out of town longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you want your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options:
- Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it sense your location to intuitively adjust temperatures if you aren’t home? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode distinguishes your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system adapts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you enter the home.
- Should your device take the weather conditions into consideration? The iComfort Feels Like™ feature takes weather conditions like temperature and humidity into account while adjusting the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—no matter what the weather throws at you.
- Should it be compatible with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats work with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without leaving the couch.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that makes your life easier? The experts at Total Comfort can help you get started. Call us at 201-268-5663 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.